The Truth of Our Existence
Four Teachings from the Buddha to Illuminate Your Life

How a core teaching of the Buddha can open us to inner freedom and joy.
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Four Keys to Courage, Strength, Spaciousness, and Joy

What would happen if we looked with fresh eyes at the struggles and "impossible situations" that we face every day—and found there four gifts that changed everything?

For decades, Pema Chödrön has brought clarity and heart to the core teachings of the Buddha, helping to make them relevant and useful in our everyday lives. With The Truth of Our Existence, she immerses us in one of Buddhism’s essential distillations of written wisdom known as The Four Marks of Existence.

These marks that shape all of us, teaches Pema Chödrön, are like forgotten gifts waiting to be found. And while they may ring familiar to some, they hold vast layers of often unrealized understanding to both new and seasoned ears alike. In this four-session learning program, Pema Chödrön illuminates for us:

  • The truth of impermanence and its power to give us strength and courage
  • The truth of egolessness—how it connects us with others and transforms fear and anger into clarity of vision
  • The truth about suffering, how we create it, and what to do when it seems unbearable
  • The truth of peace—that liberation or nirvana is real
  • How to use the wisdom of this profound sutra to touch the open and abundant expanse in which we truly dwell

With The Truth of Our Existence, Pema Chödrön invites us to see that there is, in reality, "no score to settle," and that we can step out of confusion, frustration, and fear—and into the space of heartful awareness.

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A disappointing recording Review by Steveo

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I love Pema and listen to two of her other CDs: When Things Fall Apart and Start From Where You Are. This recording is disappointing for several reasons. It's a live recording, verses the other two which are audio versions of books being read. A live recording tends to have distractions like playing to the audience. I love Pema but this lecture sounds rambling and unstructured. Lot's of stream of consciousness and pauses to find the next thought. Hard for me to listen to and I only made it to the second CD before I lost patience with Pema's delivery. Maybe that's my lesson. I would not recommend this CD. Peace be with you. (Posted on March 22, 2016)

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Excellent Review by Naomi

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Well organised information, delivered clearly. I found it most helpful to listen to topics 1 and 2, then to go back to the start and listen to them again. I did the same for topics 3 and 4, then I listened to all topics again. I now listen regularly to remind me of the teachings. Great to have on in the car on my long commute to work. (Posted on November 16, 2015)

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Illuminating. Review by Renee Elisabeth

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Great teaching, light hearted and generous, I feel grateful for the information provided. (Posted on May 30, 2015)

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Review for The Truth of Our Existence Review by JOHN S

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Awesome and appreciated (Posted on October 1, 2014)

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Review for The Truth of Our Existence Review by Mark W

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As always, Pema's knowledge and delivery are superb. My entire family enjoys her. (Posted on August 20, 2014)

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Review for The Truth of Our Existence Review by Sue J

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As ever I love listening to Pema, love her honesty, humour and ability to skillfully connect the dharma to the grit of our every day lives. She helps me connect with a sense of gratitude for my experience of life and stay present when the going gets tough. (Posted on August 13, 2014)

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Review for The Truth of Our Existence Review by Susan W

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Pema Chodron is a skilled teacher and speaker. I have read and listened to most of her work. She has an uncanny way of speaking to me, or in your case you; in fact she has a way of explaining our connectedness with one another. This program is comforting, encouraging and insightful. I’ve listened to it several times and have recommended it to clients and friends. (Posted on July 23, 2014)

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Review for The Truth of Our Existence Review by Fred C

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The wisdom given to us by Pema Chodron is always worth listening to and learning from. She gives give good information and advice clearly in easy to understand language. (Posted on June 29, 2014)

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Review for The Truth of Our Existence Review by Eleanor N

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Pema Chodron always adds to my understanding and appreciation of a Buddhist way. (Posted on June 29, 2014)

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Review for The Truth of Our Existence Review by Donna S

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I love Pema's New York attitude and enjoy her take on the Buddha's teachings. (Posted on June 26, 2014)

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Contents 4 CDs (3 hours, 59 minutes)
Date Published March 01, 2014
ISBN-10 1-62203-124-5
ISBN-13 978-1-62203-124-5
Dimensions 6 7/8 x 6 5/8 inches
Product Code AW03873D

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Contents Audio download (3 hours, 59 minutes)
Filetypes M4B, MP3, PDF, ZIP
Date Published March 01, 2014
Product Code AW03873W